Before we get to the winners let us say a big thank you and congratulations to everyone that took part. We know that initially most of you were very skeptical: What is this chicken scratch? Is that ye olde English? Why so many abbreviations? And you had Janine worried for marking your entries too. But in fact, you all gave it a really good go and did really well. If you didn’t give all ten excerpts a crack you probably should have; you did better than you think!
We’re sure you’ve realized by now that these excerpts were not chosen randomly. Nine of the ten were the first nine entries that Anne wrote about Miss Walker of Crow Nest after they were reacquainted in July of 1832. More or less where the show picks up from, without the dramatic license of course. The other entry, where Cordingley has taken ill and Anne calls in a Dr to see to her, was chosen because it shows a side of Anne not focused on enough; a caring and compassionate person, concerned for the well-being of others.
Without naming names we want to shout out the person that wrote the following. We hope, especially if you had never seen the actual journal entries before, that you all had this response. These are real people, their story matters, we matter.
“When I saw Anne's handwriting and "Miss Walker of Lidgate", my eyes filled with tears and my chin started to jump up and down as I realized they were really real (that’s a very silly feeling, because I didn’t think they were made up) and that I am looking at something, that touched Anne's hand (although in digital version).”
And on to the results!
· First place: Zanne deJanvier
· Honorable mentions: Deb Rose, Nik Richardson, Cordingley (no, not the real one!)
· First place: Yorkshire GJ
· Honorable mentions: Nik Richardson – mostly for her unique, well-placed cursing in the moments of frustration
A pdf of the excerpts and their accurate transcriptions is provided below. Don’t @ us if you think there are any errors!